Hall of Fame

2019 Recipients

Richard Hawkins (BM ’91, MM ’93, clarinet)

Hawkins became professor of clarinet for the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2001 after a number of years as instructor of clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

A Texas native, Hawkins attended the Interlochen Arts Camp in 1986 and studied with his future mentors, Professors Fred Ormand and John Mohler of the University of Michigan.

During his degree studies with Professor Fred Ormand at the University of Michigan, Hawkins performed his solo debut at the Kennedy Center with Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra. He has since given over 65 performances of featured clarinet works and premieres with orchestra while continuing his love and dedication to educating the world’s finest young clarinetists.

His former students now hold prestigious teaching and performing positions in institutions worldwide such as the Curtis Institute, Eastman, Peabody, Manhattan, UCLA, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Washington Opera, Seoul Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony.

In addition to his teaching and performing career, Richard Hawkins has been influential in the design and manufacturing of clarinets and clarinet mouthpieces for the music industry since 1990. He is now an artist and collaborator with Backun Musical Services in Vancouver, B.C. on clarinet mouthpiece design and manufacturing, as well as a performing artist with Legere Reeds Inc. in Barrie, Ontario.

Laura Karpman (BM ’80, composition and voice)

A bold, incandescent talent, Laura Karpman is an award-winning composer and a tireless champion for women in music. With a doctorate from Juilliard, she brings a uniquely vivid, conceptual voice to her body of work that spans film, television, concert halls, theater and video games.

The four-time Emmy winner’s previous film and television credits include the Netflix fan-favorite romantic comedy Set It Up, Eleanor Coppola’s Paris Can Wait, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club Encore, Fox Searchlight’s Step and Black Nativity, WGN America’s award-winning historical drama series Underground, PBS’s Peabody award-winning series Craft in America, and HBO’s Regarding Susan Sontag.

Across concert halls, Karpman is best known for her GRAMMY Award-winning album Ask Your Mama, a multimedia opera based on an iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Karpman collaborated with The Roots and opera singer Jessye Norman on the piece. Karpman’s concert music has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Concordia, the American Composers’ Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, Northwest Sinfonia, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as the Detroit, Houston, National, New York Youth, Richmond, and El Paso Symphonies. Additional credits include Siren Songs, The Hidden World of Girls, One Ten Project, Different Lanes, The Transitive Property of Equality, Waxing Nostalgic, and Now All Set.

Karpman’s upcoming projects include the female-led drama series L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, the Discovery Channel docuseries Why We Hate, and the independent film Miss Virginia, starring Uzo Aduba.

In 2014, Karpman founded The Alliance for Women Film Composers; in 2015, she became the third woman inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. One year later, Karpman was elected the first female governor of the music branch.

A passionate educator, Karpman served as a professor at UCLA in the School of Theater, Film, and Television From 2005-2009. In 2012, she launched the first master’s degree film-scoring program at Berklee College of Music, where she taught video game scoring as well as film composition. Karpman has lectured at The Juilliard School, USC, UCLA, Mills College, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, and The Tides Momentum Leadership Conference. Karpman also serves as an advisor for the Sundance Film Scoring Labs and is on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program and the New Media and Music Technology Program at the San Francisco Conservatory.

Karpman currently resides in Los Angeles with her wife, son, and two dogs.


Jessye Norman
Frank Ticheli


Gerald Cleaver
Marianne Ploger


Dale Briggs
Cedric Carl Dent


Marvelene Moore
Jack O’Brien


Harriet Berg
Bob James


Sharon Jensen
Robert Phillips


Wayne S. Brown
Robert Cogan
Ann Arbor ONCE Festival


William Anderson
1961 Russian Tour Band


Nancy Ambrose King
Larry Rachleff


Bruce Galbraith
Carolee Stewart


Jerry Bilik
Cynthia Phelps


David Eisler
Francis Bundra


James Forger
Carl St. Clair


Harry Begian
George Shirley


Rosalie Edwards
Robert Spring


Judith Becker
Emil Raab


Emerson Head
Fred Ormand


Christine Dakin
H. Robert Reynolds


Edward J. Downing
Elizabeth Weil Bergmann

Earlier Winners (1977-1999)

Roberta Alexander
Mildred Andrews
Leslie R. Bassett
Josef Blatt
William Bolcom
Eugene Bossart
Allen P. Britton
George R. Cavender
Russell Lewis Christopher
Hugh Cooper
Robert J. Courte
David Crawford
Richard Crawford
George Crumb
Louise E. Cuyler
Orien Dalley
Hans Theodore David
Chip Davis
William Doppmann
Nicholas D. Falcone
Ross Lee Finney
Armando Ghitalla
Elizabeth Green
Nelson Hauenstein
Harold Haugh
Ralph Herbert
Thomas Hilbish
G. Maurice Hinson
H. Wiley Hitchcock
Marguerite V. Hood
Howard T. Howard
Marian Owen Hunt
Lawrence Hurst
Roger E. Jacobi
Kenneth Jewell
Ernest Jones
Edith Staebler Kempf
Maynard J. Klein
John Krell
Paul R. Lehman
Eva Likova
Clifford P. Lillya
Larry Livingston
Albert Luconi
William R. Malm
Marilyn Mason
John McCollum
Charlotte Whitman McGeoch
Glenn D. McGeoch
Robert Emmett McGrath
John D. Mohler
Earl V. Moore
Barbara Nissman
Weston Noble
Jessye Norman
Charles E. Owen
Willis Patterson
Ashley Putnam
Gail W. Rector
Willliam D. Revelli
Mary Romig-deYoung
Gilbert Ross
Gustave Rosseels
Judith Dow Rumelhart
James D. Salmon
Donald Sinta
Glenn P. Smith
Clarence E. Stephenson
Louis Stout
William H. Stubbins
Laurence L. Teal
Mary Teal
Nelita True
Glenn E. Watkins
Floyd E. Werle